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Navigating the Local Civil Court Procedure: Concrete Rules and Unwritten Etiquette
Initial Pleadings: Laying out the Legal and Factual Issues of the Case
Answers to Common Questions Asked in Case Conferences
Case Scheduling: Fast-Tracking Options and Handling Conflicts and Delays
Summary Judgment Motions and Hearings
Cooperation Between Counsel
Judges' View of Discovery
Pre-Trial Briefs that Promote Settlement
Unacceptable Pre-Trial Litigation Tactics
Seeking the Judge's Guidance Outside of Scheduled Conferences
Jury Selection and Juror Requests: What is Appropriate?
Types of Evidence Judges Value Most/Least
Witness Selection and Testimony: What Works and What's a Waste of Time for Everyone
Trial Presentation Do's and Don'ts
How to Confuse the Jury: Top Mistakes Judges Have Seen
Effective Ways of Handling Facts in Controversy at Trial
HON. ALISON M BREAUX is a Judge in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.
HON. FRANK G. FORCHIONE is a Judge in the Stark County Court of Common Pleas.
HON. ALISON MCCARTY is a Judge in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.
HON. TAMMY O'BRIEN is a Judge in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.
MODERATOR - STEPHEN W. FUNK is a partner with the law firm of Roetzel & Andress, L.P.A., where he practices in business and public law litigation, appellate law, constitutional law, and land use and zoning law. He has significant experience in representing municipalities and police officers in Section 1983 actions filed in federal court. Mr. Funk has been listed as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Ohio, and one of the top 50 attorneys in Cleveland by the Ohio Super Lawyer magazine. Prior to joining Roetzel & Andress, L.P.A., he was a trial attorney and senior litigation counsel with the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Mr. Funk is a member of the Akron, Ohio State, and Federal bar associations, and a member of the advisory group for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Miami University and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
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